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A Renovated Estate With Volcano Views in Guatemala
Set on the outskirts of the colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala, the recently opened Villa Bokéh is the picture of tranquillity. To renovate the original hacienda-style property — which sits on nearly six acres of verdant gardens — hospitality developer Grupo Alta commissioned the architecture and interior design firm Paliare Studio to take on the project. Their redesign includes a refresh of seven rooms and suites, most with sweeping views of the Volcán de Agua. On the ground floor is a cozy living room that hosts a private art collection, from black-and-white portraits by the photographer Mitchell Denburg to early 1900s tapestries curated by the Guatemalan textile expert and collector Violeta Gutiérrez Caxaj. During a stay, guests can dine at the property’s greenhouse-style restaurant, run by Guatemalan chef Álvaro Perera, venture into town to partake in a natural-dye workshop at Luna Zorro Studio and access the hotel’s sister property, Casa Palopó, set on Lake Atitlán, by a 20-minute helicopter ride. From $250 a night, villabokeh.com.
The only steak carved tableside at Carne Mare, chef Andrew Carmellini’s new chophouse in New York’s revitalized South Street Seaport, is made not of beef but of beet — a regular red one, on the larger side, which evokes the pageantry, texture and taste of the old-school menu’s meatier options (albeit with a bit of “cheekiness,” as Carmellini, 50, notes) thanks to its clever preparation. Kept whole, each beet is brined, then dry-rubbed with a mixture of spices, charred onion and dehydrated vegetables — which lends umami and mimics a steak’s seared crust — before being smoked, slow-roasted, then basted in a pan with butter, garlic, thyme and rosemary. After that, it’s brought out to diners on a small grill, where it’s served alongside a reduced beet-juice jus and a traditional pat of maître d’hotel butter, this one made with goat milk in homage to that time-honored flavor pairing. Innovative yet classic, rich yet light, vegetal yet meaty, this smoke-roasted beet steak, as the menu describes it, conjures something akin to the uncanny valley, as your mind squares the delightful experience of enjoying a root that doesn’t look or taste like any that have come before. “Vegetarianism is part of modern, urban life,” says Carmellini, who was inspired by his wife, a former vegetarian, to create the dish. “And this allows people to participate in the [chophouse] culture and not have a piece of meat.” carnemare.com.
An Art Dealer’s First Venture Into Fashion
When the art dealer James Shalom first visited a Neoclassical townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side nearly two years ago, he had no idea that the sweeping space would eventually become the headquarters of his very own clothing line. “Fashion was completely new to me,” recalls Shalom. With an eye for fabric and fit, he and his father, Elliot, a wholesale manufacturer, set to work constructing his dream uniform of simple silhouettes expertly crafted by a handful of small family-run mills and factories in the Bassano del Grappa region of northern Italy. “We were on Zoom with them every day, refining each piece,” Shalom says of the carefully considered men’s and women’s wardrobe essentials that now make up his new label, Salie 66, named for his mother. Soft moleskin jeans, silk-wool polo sweaters finished with pointelle stitching and oversize cotton poplin shirts featuring mother-of-pearl buttons are staples of the collection. As he puts it, “We wanted to create clothes that you could wear every single day — throughout the seasons and the years — and not have to think too much about it.” salie66.com.
An Exhibition of Work by Mária Švarbová
For her newest show, “Fragile Concrete,” Slovak photographer Mária Švarbová captured a young, fashionable couple posing throughout the Le Corbusier-designed Cité Radieuse, a Brutalist apartment building in France’s Marseille, where her exhibition is also on view. The pair, often shot in relaxed yet playful positions, appear almost as deities in the complex’s various terraces and alcoves. In “Cariatide and Atlante” (2021), the woman stands behind the man, clutching him as he raises his hands toward the rooftop, as if supporting the weight of the structure all on his own. “Helénê and Pâris” (2021) and “Apollon and Daphnée” (2021) depict a far less impassioned couple, each turned away from the other, barely touching, absorbed instead by the sublime vastness of their surroundings. In each one of the 19 images, the subjects’ gestures are delicate and subtle, intensified only by the richness of the colors around them: the Radieuse’s white concrete slabs, the bright azure of the Mediterranean sky and shore. Much like the artist’s previous series (“Swimming Pool,” 2014-20; “Futuro Retro,” 2014-21), “Fragile Concrete” makes use of the photographer’s distinctive style and attention to color to infuse each shot with a sense of otherworldliness. “Fragile Concrete” is on view at Kolektiv Cité Radieuse through August 27, instagram.com/kolektivciteradieuse.
If you’ve envied the drape of Cardi B’s dress or the precision of Jay-Z’s suit, you’re in luck: Carol Ai, the tailor perfecting many of those A-list fits behind the scenes, recently expanded her commercial work to include on-call services for the non-celeb set. A patternmaker, clothing designer and former sewing teacher, Ai realized tailoring was a viable career move in 2013, when she landed a gig altering costumes on “Dancing With the Stars.” The Los Angeles native remained busy before moving to New York for an agency job with In-House Atelier, and eventually opened her own namesake business, Carol Ai Studio, at the end of 2019. Now, Ai’s carefully selected team of tailors covers clients in both cities, providing personalized on-location fittings that will make you feel ready to walk the red carpet. Prices start at $350, carolaistudio.com.
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